St. Finian's College,
Est. 1802
(044) 934 8672 - (044) 934 8313

Congratulations to former student Kaja Letowska, Class of 2020, who was awarded the Trinity College Dublin Entrance Exhibition Award for her outstanding results in Leaving Cert 2020.  Entrance Exhibitions reward academic achievement of new undergraduate entrants to Trinity College Dublin. They are awarded to the student accepted into the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree programme who achieves the highest points among Trinity entrants from their secondary school. Tanaiste, Leo Varadkar, TD was an Entrance Exhibitioner.  If you are awarded an Entrance Exhibition you will join a very long list of eminent Entrance Exhibitioners, many of whom have gone on to make a significant contribution to the economic, cultural, and political life of Ireland and beyond.

CAO Deadline February 1st 2021 at 5.15pm. Late applications are those which are received after 5:15pm on 1 February 2021. The closing date for late applications is 5:15pm on 1 May 2021, subject to the restrictions listed on page 3 of this handbook. The online facility for late applications opens on the 5 March 2021 at 12:00 noon – a fee of €60 applies.

December 22nd 2020 saw the end of an era for the school community in St Finian’s College. Angela Bardon, our secretary, worked her last day in the college. Typically, she insisted that there be no hullabaloo, no big speeches or big fanfares. Angela has been head secretary for the past 32 years (1988-2020) providing an efficient and functioning school office without fuss or drama for thousands of students, hundreds of teachers, dozens of non-teaching staff and three principals, Fr Gerry Stuart, Fr Paul Connell and the current principal Mr John Mc Hale. Angela started in the college in 1988 after leaving England and settling in Mullingar. The world was a very different place: the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada introduced us to the now infamous Jamaican Bobsleigh Team and the first British Ski Jumper, Eddie the Eagle, Reagan and Gorbachev negotiated a nuclear weapons peace treaty between the USA and Soviet Union, Die Hard was released in the cinema and Enya was top of the charts. St Finian’s was also a very different school. Angela started at a time when the 200 students were all boys boarding from all over Ireland. There were 20 teachers. The study hall was the big Dormitory, the top floors were priest quarters and boarders’ bedrooms. The bubble was only built in 1989! Angela knew each and every student by name, recognised family voices as soon as she answered the phone and they said hello. She handed out markers, staplers, blue tac and scissors to all who asked. She rang parents when students were unwell and distributed thousands of plasters to the walking wounded over the years. She is still the only person who knows how to use the giant Mac computer in the office. Even Covid did not keep Angela from her post. We built a wall of glass around her to keep her safe. In the last year Susan joined Angela as the school has now grown to 800 students. Angela will be missed by staff and students and we wish her a long and happy retirement. She is pictured here receiving her gifts from the staff and the board of management. We thank her for her hard work over the years and will miss her in our school. Mr John Mc Hale made the presentation on behalf of the school communi

Congratulations to our prizewinners in the Mullingar Credit Union Quiz 2020.

Mr R Meegan hosted the quiz for 1st & 2nd year students last Friday, 20th November. Andrea Corron of Mullingar Credit Union awarded the prizes today to our winners.

1st Years:
1st : Donagh Carey
2nd Kila Fagan Mc Dermot
3rd Henry Duncan
4th Quyen Bartley
5th Alfie Murray
6th Oisin Molloy & Alanna Corroon2nd Years:
1st : Brian Gaffney
2nd Zofia Brielicka
3rd Sadie Mitchell
4th Eoin Carey
5th Cian Clarke
6th Adam Clarke & Kevin Horan

Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council for 2020.

Ably led by David Coloe & Ruth Dolan, each year group has nominated and voted two members of their year to represent them on the council. We wish them every success as they begin their new role. Many thanks to Mr Shane Campbell for mentoring the student council in St Finian's.

Student Council Members

  • Head Boy: David Coloe
  • Head Girl: Ruth Dolan
  • First Year: Fionn Brennan and Sarah Higgins
  • Second Year: Owen McMahon and Alina Siddiqui
  • Third Year:  John Fry and Ellie Kiernan
  • Transition Year: Conor Garvey and Tara Dalton
  • Fifth Year: Cillian Scally and Emily Ashmore
  • Leaving Cert: Eoin Smith and Hashini Kanattege

St Finian's College will host an online CAO Application talk at 7:30 pm on Monday, 30th November. The talk will be delivered by Kay Mitchell, from Maynooth University, and will detail how students apply for college/university through the CAO system. This is an opportunity for parents to learn about the CAO process in order to help their sons/daughters make the right decision regarding their futures. The talk will be conducted through Zoom and a link will be forwarded by email once details have been finalised.

As part of Science Week 2020, some of our 6th year students attended The Aspire with Abbott, in association with Science Foundation Ireland, virtual STEM conference. As part of this event they attended a very informative talk by Brenda Romero, a BAFTA award-winning game director and entrepreneur, Brenda is CEO and co-founder of Romero Games based in Galway, Ireland.
Brenda gave a very interesting talk on the life of a gaming engineer and provided our students with lots of information on different careers in this rapidly expanding area.

Our new Parental Nominee to the Board of Management is Fidelma Sheridan, a parent of one of our first year students. We wish Fidelma every success in her new role.

The Parent Council Virtual AGM takes place Thursday, 5th November 2020 at 8pm. Please email if you would like to attend.

St Finian’s College
Established 1802

“The best way to predict your future is to create it”.

Abraham Lincoln

Dear Parents/Guardians & future students,
Welcome to St Finian’s College.

Unfortunately, we cannot host our annual Open Evening/Open Day in the usual way.
This year we have produced a short film to show you our school community in action.
We have updated our website to help us give you a picture of what we do here in St Finian’s.

We look forward to showing you around our school in person next August.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and please email to ask any questions you may have.

On our website you will find the following:

Admissions Policy 2020-2021

Application Form 1st Year

Application Form for Music Schola Cantorum Programme 1st yr

Application Form Special Class

Admissions Notice information and relevant dates.
Applications accepted from 2nd Nov to 23rd Nov 2020
Places offered by post by 30th November 2020

Acceptance of offers by return post of enrolment pack by Dec 7th 2020

Thank you for taking the time to visit with our school.

Kind regards,
Mr John Mc Hale (Principal), Ms E Carey & Ms A Ryan
 (Deputy Principals)

The Staff of St Finian’s College

St. Finian's College
Est. 1802
 Longford Road, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath,
 Ireland, N91 H593
 (044) 934 8672 - (044) 934 8313
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